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Paramus, New Jersey, United States
No, this in not a blog about gardening in any way, but a journal of my journey to become a professional landscape painting artist. For years, I’ve given my paintings as wedding gifts without thinking of profiting in some way from it. I worked for 18 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC as a computer programmer. I have been a painter since 1990, coincidentally, when I started working at the Met. I watched Bob Ross do his thing on Channel 13 in New York and decided I could do this, too. I have no formal training. I incorporate Bob's wet-on-wet technique for sky and water. My subject matter is covered bridges, lighthouses, fishing village scenes, barns, etc. Maine, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Nova Scotia and Spain are some of the places I have painted. My style is detailed and sometimes people think a photo of the painting is an actual photo of the scene. I hope to continue and grow in this medium. I also like to cook & dance. I am also a committed Christian. I am taking commissions - painting your landscapes style photos or your vacation home. Prices on request. contact me - Jackmck@juno.com my website is www.artofjackmckenzie.com

Friday, November 11, 2011

Today is 11/11/11 & Veterans day.

1st Veterans Day - I want to honor my mother - Evelyn Machold Mckenzie - who was in WWII as a captain in the Nurses corp with Pattons Third Army as they dove into the heart of Nazism. She worked 36 hours during the Battle of the Bulge and was almost sent to the Pacific to be part of the Invasion of Japan, but The Bomb stopped that. We have all her equipment. My brother uses her foot locker as a coffee table and I have her helment and mess kit.

Now to 11/11/11. Chinese call it Single Day. Spinal Tap fans call it Nigel Tufnel day because he was always turning his equipment up to 11. There are some who see cosmic significance in that 3 11's look like 3 doors to give you more possibility of success, sort of like a cosmic Price is Right. eThere are Mayan Calendar references but one of the oddest is National Corduroy Day. Check this New Yorker Article.


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